Michael Morse
1B/DH PIT
4 months ago

Morse was unconditionally released from the Pirates on Thursday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Morse had previously been designated for assignment but has now been released by the Pirates. The 34-year-old went 0-for-8 in six games this season and will now begin looking for another team.

Michael Morse
1B/DH PIT
5 months ago

Morse was designated for assignment Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Morse has failed to get a hit in eight at-bats this season, and given the Pirates multitude of options at first base and the corner outfield positions, he was deemed to be expendable when the Pirates wanted to get pitcher A.J. Schugel to the majors. Morse can reject the assignment and become a free agent rather than spend more time in the minors, which could be an appealing option if teams looking for some pop at first base are willing to give him another chance.

Michael Morse
1B/DH PIT
5 months ago

Morse is making his first start of the season Tuesday against the Tigers, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

John Jaso will take a seat, while the Pirates are using Matt Joyce as their DH and leadoff man for Tuesday's matinee. Morse has collected just five plate appearances this season, and Tuesday's nod against right-hander Anibal Sanchez marks his first turn in the starting lineup in 2016.

Michael Morse
1B/DH PIT
5 months ago

Morse (leg) played in games on consecutive days Monday and Tuesday after missing three days with a minor injury.

EDGE Analysis

After a 2-for-3 showing Monday, Morse went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Tuesday. He's expected to open the year as the starter at first base against left-handed pitching, working on the small of a platoon with John Jaso.

Michael Morse
1B/DH PIT
5 months ago

Morse left Thursday's game after tweaking his right leg while running the bases, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "I felt a little grab while running," Morse said "It's nothing big."

EDGE Analysis

He's not expected to play a big role with Pittsburgh, coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter while playing occasionally in the outfield or at first base. It wouldn't be surprising to see the big righty end up with another team sometime this summer.

Michael Morse
1B/DH PIT
5 months ago

Despite the addition of David Freese, Morse has a good chance of making the Opening Day roster, given the Pirates are on the hook for his $3 million contract, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Pittsburgh has seemingly showcased him whenever possible during Grapefruit League action in an attempt to trade him. Morse has value as a bench bat but doesn't figure to see much action in the field.

Michael Morse
1B/DH PIT
6 months ago

Morse will likely lose playing time due to the addition of David Freese, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

He played right field Saturday, ostensibly in an effort to showcase him for potential suitors. "They know I'm a veteran that you don't need to tell me much," Morse said. "I'm always ready. I'm going to do whatever I'm told. It's no big deal. I've been in this situation before."

Michael Morse
1B/DH PIT
6 months ago

Morse spent part of Friday's workout at third base, but it's unlikely he lands there in a game situation, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Morse is slated to platoon at first base with John Jaso and hasn't played third since 2009, so this is a move to give the Pirates an emergency option rather than any kind of regular role. Don't plan to see Morse at the hot corner unless at least two of Jung Ho Kang, Josh Harrison, and Sean Rodriguez get injured in the same game.

Michael Morse
1B/DH PIT
12 months ago

Morse was used as a pinch-hitter on Thursday and went 2-for-2 with a double, a triple and a run scored in a 5-3 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

It's been a rough year for Morse as he's moved from team-to-team, but this was nice to see. He simply came in to relieve Pedro Alvarez for an undisclosed reason and responded well by recording two multi-base hits for the first time in a Pittsburgh uniform. Morse's role has been delegated to facing only southpaws and pinch-hitting and his fantasy relevancy is minimal at this point in his career.

Michael Morse
1B/DH PIT
1 year ago

The Los Angeles Dodgers designated outfielder Mike Morse for assignment Thursday after acquiring him from the Miami Marlins earlier in the day in a three-team, 13-player deal that also included the Atlanta Braves. The Marlins included Morse in the trade, which also sent pitcher Mat Latos to the Dodgers, to dump salary.